My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ON EVERY STREET starts THE ARTISTS Trilogy with a BANG! This companion novella to the trifecta of debauchery can be read before or after the first book in the trilogy, SINS & NEEDLES.
Author Karina Halle says it can be read as a stand-alone and while that may be true, be forewarned SHE IS A LIAR! Maybe you can read it as a stand-alone, but you are not going to want to. You will NEED more! Okay, okay, I need to calm down (only because I have the next book) maybe she's not “a liar,” per say, maybe she's a marketing genius because once you get a little taste of her storytelling talents, I can guarantee that you will HAVE to know more about the characters featured in this novella.
❝Revenge is sweet, but it’s a sweet poison. Stay smart, never let your thoughts drift, and don’t involve your heart, no matter the cost. You got that?❞Oopsie, I think Ellie missed that day of "Con Artists 101" class.
In a nutshell, young con artist, Ellie, is out for revenge. She seeks retribution for a malicious and violent act committed against her as a child. In her journey, she imagines lots of potential obstacles, but one she didn't anticipate was falling for one of her mark's henchman, Javier. To 99% of the world’s population, Javier would be seen as a violent criminal, but with Ellie he is charming, debonair and totally irresistible. In author Karina Halle’s own words, Javier is “a kinky motherfucker.” If you are thinking: OH YAY! Then “OH YAY” is right! I'll be honest, even though he was the "bad guy" I was really rooting for them to make it and I even thought about finding my own violent criminal to ravish my body, but then I came to my senses... Sorry... I'm totally off track... Back to Ellie - Without giving anything away, let's just say Ellie has A LOT to learn about running a successful con.
I am very interested to discover how Ellie and Javier’s romance will fit into the trilogy; I suspect I will know by the end of SINS & NEEDLES - *fingers crossed*. At around 138 pages, this novella is jam packed with action, sex, murder and intrigue. I'm definitely jumping straight into this trilogy headfirst continuing on to the official first book in the trilogy, Sins and Needles . RIGHT NOW!
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